3D Modeler / Character Artist

Animax Designs is growing and we are seeking inspired, motivated individuals to join our team. Experience is the key!

Position Title: 3D Modeler/Character Artist


As a 3D Modeler/Character Artist, attention to what brings characters to life should both guide and influence your approach to our unique animation and design challenges. As part of our in-house creative team and supervised by Animax’s Creative Director, you will help turn beloved characters into real life figures. The ideal candidate will be creative and detail-oriented, excel at problem spotting and problem solving, and have an ability to quickly and effectively translate critiques into solutions in a fast-paced environment. Our unique workflow requires team members who can effectively navigate through multiple disciplines, from digital design, rigging, and animation to mechanical integration, 3D printing, and soft goods fabrication.


  • Work with Creative Director, surface modelers, mechanical designers, and other team leads to develop useable assets at all stages, from early concept work to final production parts

  • Translate digital assets provided by outside sources into workable models, including (but not limited to) retopologizing, rigging, texturing, and posing

  • Animate characters by making solid creative choices for physical movement on limited axes and at limited speeds

  • Create animatics and other media for internal review and client submittals

  • Collaborate with mechanical designers, controls engineers, sculptors/moldmakers, assembly technicians, and others to ensure creative intent is being maintained throughout project life

  • Produce and provide digital movement data to controls engineers and troubleshoot discrepancies

  • Digitally sculpt characters when there is no preexisting model

  • Help produce documentation as needed for various internal and external deliverables

  • Help design and produce 3D prints

  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Maya & ZBrush required

  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects) preferred

  • Experience with SolidWorks or other CAD modeling software a major plus

  • Experience with 3D printing a plus

  • Ability to create clean and organized character topology

  • Knowledge of Maya rigging, skin weighting, and constraint systems and ability to create clean hierarchies

  • Ability to pose & sculpt characters

  • Knowledge of UV creation and layout methodology, with working knowledge of texture creation and shader types

  • Strong knowledge of animation principles with a focus on real world performance limitations

  • Flexible and adaptive to multiple modeling practices

  • Ability to repurpose high-resolution sculptures into usable polygonal and CAD based models

  • Ability/desire to quickly learn new software and develop tools to enhance workflow

  • Motivated team player that can work quickly in a deadline-driven environment with minimal direction

  • Willingness and ability to accept multiple rounds of critique and edits quickly and with a good attitude

  • Organized team player with good communication and time management skills


  • 5+ years of relevant experience as a character artist, 3D modeler, or character animator.

Work Environment

Animax Designs offers a competitive compensation package to include: employee’s health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, and vacation. Animax offers an employee friendly environment that supports work life balance. Animax is an equal opportunity employer. Please email resumes to hr@animaxdesigns.com and j.sauerman@animaxdesigns.com or fax to 615.622.5701. For questions, please contact HR at 615.889.1248.